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Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 12, 2017 • Written by

It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library.

To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

You may also view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles, all from the Short List of the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize awards:

Minds of Winter – Ed O’Loughlin

Bright moments from the distant past spring up beside dark moments from the present, things hidden – a death, a gift, a lost clock – come briefly into view and then disappear forever. In Minds of Winter, Ed O’Loughlin’s brilliant story of polar exploration, time itself is an Arctic: a mysterious dimension of sun craze and apparitions, chance encounters and destiny. The mechanism of this novel is fascinating to observe, its implications are deeply human. In O’Loughlin’s work, our desire for knowledge, our obsession with the past, our grappling with life itself … all of it is generously, wittily on display.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130481

 

Bellevue Square – Michael Redhill

To borrow a line from Michael Redhill’s beautiful Bellevue Square, “I do subtlety in other areas of my life.” So let’s look past the complex literary wonders of this book, the doppelgangers and bifurcated brains and alternate selves, the explorations of family, community, mental health, and literary life. Let’s stay straightforward, and tell you that beyond the mysterious elements, this novel is warm, and funny, and smart. Let’s celebrate that it is, simply, a pleasure to read.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130471

 

 

Son of a Trickster – Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson’s Son of a Tricksteris a novel that shimmers with magic and vitality, featuring a compelling narrator, somewhere between Holden Caulfield and Harry Potter. Just when you think Jared’s teenage journey couldn’t be more grounded in gritty, grinding reality, his addled perceptions take us into a realm beyond his small town life, somewhere both seductive and dangerous. Energetic, often darkly funny, sometimes poignant, this is a book that will resonate long after the reader has devoured the final page.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130547

 

 

I Am a Truck – Michelle Winters

French or English, stick or twist, Chevy or Ford? Michelle Winters has written an original, off-beat novel that explores the gaps between what people are and what they want to be. For a short book I am a Truck is bursting with huge appetites, for love and le rock-and-roll and cheese, for male friendship and takeout tea with the bag left in. Within the novel’s distinctive Acadian setting French and English co-exist like old friends – comfortable, supple to each other’s whims and rhythms, sometimes bickering but always contributing to this fine, very funny, fully-achieved novel about connection and misunderstanding. And trucks.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130478

 

Reference: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2017-shortlist/

Library Window Display: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 17, 2017 • Written by
Library Window Display: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Library Window Display: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day that was established to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and also gives a moment when people can stop and memorialize those who have died by anti-transgender violence. (Source: http://www.transgenderdor.org/)

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase awareness on this issue, Notre Dame Library Services has set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find information about Transgender Day of Remembrance.

As well, the RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

THRIVE with Red River Library: Stress-Related Resources

November 6, 2017 • Written by

Red River College Library wants students and staff to succeed both academically and with regards to their mental health. Look for our resources as part of THRIVE Week (November 6-10) as the Healthy Minds, Healthy College initiative showcases activities to help people navigate shorter days and incoming deadlines. For more resources, check out our new Library Guide.

 


 

Believe it or not, stress does serve a purpose for humans. At some point, we needed the combination of cortisol and adrenaline to either find something to eat or risk starving or run away as something wanted to eat us or it will risk starving. These days the Sabre Tooth Tiger has gone extinct while our to-do lists sadly can’t find itself on the endangered species list. While none of us want to make friends with stress, it’s worth understanding what happens to the body under the constant stresses in day-to-day life like assignment deadlines, grading papers for feedback, all while dealing with family or loved ones.

The key to understanding stress? Finding information on what it does, how to keep it under control, and applying it to our everyday life. Red River Library has a number of resources to tackle a vast subject, some might say stress-inducing, but a few key titles may help to make stress work for as a benefit than as an impediment.

Two Notable Streaming Videos

Want to watch right away? Click on the title to allow a new window to open and put in your username and password to watch.

Stress Portrait of a Killer [Video on Demand]

Summary

Stanford University neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky, has been advancing our understanding of stress – how it impacts our bodies and how our social standing can make us more or less susceptible. Research reveals that the impact of stress can be found deep within us, shrinking our brains, adding fat to our bellies, even unraveling our chromosomes. Yet understanding how stress works can help us figure out a ways to combat it and how to live a life free of the tyranny of this contemporary plague.

 

The Joy Of Stress[Video on Demand]: How To Prevent a Hardening of the Attitude

Summary

Stress is an individual reaction; it can be fantastic or it can be fatal! The choice of how we respond is ultimately up to each of us. In this program, you will explore the concept of stress and how it affects your body, mind, and spirit. You will learn how you can use humor to break the negative and irrational thought patterns that cause stress and reframe them into positive, powerful and productive tools for change.

 

 

Books

The titles below deal with stress and stress management. Click on the call numbers to take you directly to the record in the online catalog.  For subjects related to stress, or to take the stress out of research in general, talk to library staff about book and database searches.

 

Is Work Killing You?: A Doctor’s Prescription For Treating Workplace Stress
Author: David Posen
Call Number: RC 963.48 .P68 2013

 

 

 

Controlling Stress and Tension
Authors: Daniel Girdano, Dorothy Dusek, George S. Everly, Jr.
Call Number: RA 785 .G57 2009

 

 

 

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
Call Number: QP 82.2 .S8 S266 2004

 

 

 

 

Preventive Stress Management in Organizations 
Author: James C. Quick
Call Number: HF 5548.85 .P762 2013

 

 

 

 

Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Anxiety, Fear and Panic
Author: Jeffrey Brantley
Call Number: BF 575 .A6 .B73 2003

 

 

 

 

Veterans’ Week: 5-11 November #CanadaRemembers

November 1, 2017 • Written by

Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele

The Battle of Passchendaele raged in Belgium in the summer and fall of 1917. The Canadian Corps joined the fighting there in October and would overcome almost unimaginable hardships to triumph on a brutal and muddy battlefield. This victory only came at a high price, however, as over 4,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives and almost 12,000 more were wounded.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The service and sacrifice of the Canadians who fought there will never be forgotten.

Reference: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/passchendaele

Acts of Remembrance – Social Media

Every year in November, we stop to remember, salute and honour Canada’s Veterans and active duty personnel. This year, we hope that Canadians from coast to coast to coast will join us to pay tribute to our heroes for their service and sacrifice. Let’s start a social media movement that tells our Veterans that #CanadaRemembers.

You can even dress up your online profile with social media ready pics and graphics:
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/social-media/acts-of-remembrance

Notre Dame Campus Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library window display, which highlights books and materials chosen to help you to learn more about this topic. To view a complete list of books in the window display click here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 10, 2017 • Written by

Breast cancer is a complex disease with no known single cause. In 2015, it is estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease.

To learn more about Breast Cancer please visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation website.

Notre Dame Campus Window Display

Breast Cancer Awareness Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library window display, which highlights books and materials chosen to help you to learn more about this topic. We have included a sample of the items below, however to view a complete list of books in the window display click here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

 

what-you-need-to-know-about-breast-cancerWhat you need to know about breast cancer : diagnosis, treatment and beyond

An indispensable guide to a disease that continues to occur at an alarming rate. Each year, more than a quarter of a million women in North America learn that they have breast cancer. The good news is that survival rates are improving. Today, four out of five of those women are alive, five years after diagnosis. What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer offers a unique look at the sometimes baffling world of diagnosis, treatment, and healing. Written by breast cancer survivor and activist Pat Kelly and medical oncologist Mark Levine, the book’s honest, compassionate text combines practical medical information with first-hand experience and advice.

 

only-if-you-reallyOnly if you really want to know : breast cancer coping hints and treatment side effects

Happy days await breast cancer patients after making the passage through treatment. This book is a welcome guide for that journey. Breast cancer strikes one in seven women in America. Thanks to great advances in medicine, most patients can survive and live to enjoy life for many years after diagnosis. This book is based on the recent experience of a cancer survivor and walks patients through the unfamiliar and often intimidating world of diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, raditation therapy and eventual recovery. The discussion is frank, open, and factually portrays the reality of what modern breast cancer treatment means to the patient, her family, and friends.

 

Fast Facts: Breast Cancer (eBook)

Provide practical advice on all the key areas of breast cancer management, from risk factors and diagnosis to treatment of all cancer stages. But what really makes it stand out from the crowd is the authors’awareness of the information you need when you talk to a woman concerned about breast cancer.

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer and the Environment : A Life Course Approach (EBook)

Breast Cancer and the Environment reviews the current evidence on a selection of environmental risk factors for breast cancer, considers gene-environment interactions in breast cancer, and explores evidence-based actions that might reduce the risk of breast cancer. The book also recommends further integrative research into the elements of the biology of breast development and carcinogenesis, including the influence of exposure to a variety of environmental factors during potential windows of susceptibility during the full life course, potential interventions to reduce risk, and better tools for assessing the carcinogenicity of environmental factors.

Saturday Sept 30th is Orange Shirt Day

September 26, 2017 • Written by

Orange Shirt Day occurs annually on Sept 30th and recognizes the harms done to our Indigenous communities, friends and family by the Residential School System.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Reference: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/ 

Residential Schools Library Guide

Learn more about residential schools and their effects on Indigenous peoples.
Residential Schools Library Guide: http://rrclibrary.libguides.com/c.php?g=697597

Notre Dame Campus “Orange Shirt Day” Window Display

Red River College Library has recognized Orange Shirt Day by setting up a window display outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. We have also placed a selection of books in the display. Come by and see what is available, or view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, inquire at the Circulation Desk inside the library.

UpToDate at Red River College

September 19, 2017 • Written by

up-to-date-iconUpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions.

UpToDate is the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource, trusted worldwide by healthcare practitioners to help them make the right decisions at the point of care. It is proven to change the way clinicians practice medicine, and is the only resource of its kind associated with improved outcomes.
                                          – www.uptodate.com

Your RRC Student/Staff account will give you free access to UpToDate while you are a student/staff at the college.You just need to:

  1. Initially connect through a special link on the Library website (IMPORTANT!)
  2. Create a username and password at UpToDate.

Do you want detailed instructions? Here they are!

How Should You Access UpToDate?

RRC Students and Faculty should access UpToDate through a special link located on the Library website:

  1. Go to http://library.rrc.ca
  2. On the left hand side of the home page access the link titled “List of Available Databases“.
  3. Look for “UpToDate” in the alphabetical list of resources.
  4. On the RRC instruction page access UpToDate through this link: UpToDate (User Account Access)
  5. You will be asked for your RRC username and password.  Click the green “Continue to the requested resource” button once login is successful.
  6. When you first go to the UpToDate site, you may be asked to register a user profile at UpToDate.com. Do it! If you are not asked to register, then manually click the link in the upper right and register an account for yourself. Registering allows you to access the site via the UpToDate App.

Direct Access to UpToDate

Once you register a personal account with UpToDate you may continue to access the site directly, without going through the RRC Library website. However, when 90 days approaches, you will receive an email prompting you to go back to the RRC Library website and reconnect to UpTo Date, thus refreshing your eligibility for free access to the site.

Using the UpToDate App

Individual subscribers can answer their clinical questions anytime, anywhere by downloading an App for iOS or Android. To use the UpToDate App on your mobile device:

UpToDate App Login Screen

Click the image for a larger version

  1. You must first login to UpToDate through the RRC Library web site via the UpToDate (User Account Access link.  This initial step is critical for UpToDate to link your account with access granted through Red River College.
  2. Register a personal account with UpToDate. Remember the username and password you have set with UpToDate. Note: The first time you login, the registration box will appear. On subsequent visits you may click the “Register” link on upper right of the site.
  3. Download the *Free* UpToDate app from your app store. It is available for both Apple and Android devices.
  4. Open the UpToDate App and login using the personal account you have created at the UpToDate web site. (See image on the right)
  5. You will be granted continuous access through the UpToDate App, however you will be required to refresh your eligibility for access every 90 days by returning to the library website and clicking the link labelled UpToDate (User Account Access.

Questions?

  • The RRC Library maintains an UpToDate Help guide. Consult this guide for the latest in technical information and troubleshooting information.
  • You may contact Mark Nelson for technical support.

 

Come Play Mini-Putt Golf in the Library

May 30, 2017 • Written by

The Notre Dame Campus Library will be holding a mini-golf tournament on on Thursday 8 June 2017 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. It takes about 15-20 minutes to play the course, no registration is necessary, equipment is provided, it’s free and no actual golf skills are required. Anyone who completes the course will be eligible to win a prize.

Where: Notre Dame Campus Library

When: 11:00AM to 1:00PM – Thursday 8 June 2017

Come and have some fun in the Library!

Earth Day – Saturday 22 April 2017

April 12, 2017 • Written by

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, held in the USA, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Reference: http://www.earthday.org/about/

 

Learn More: Books and videos from our collection

We have chosen items from the RRC library collection to help you to learn more about this topic. Most items require login.

The Man From Clear Lake : Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson

On Earth Day 1970 twenty million Americans displayed their commitment to a clean environment. It was called the largest demonstration in human history, and it permanently changed the nation’s political agenda. More than 1 billion people now participate in annual Earth Day activities. The seemingly simple idea—a day set aside to focus on protecting our natural environment—was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It accomplished, far beyond his expectations, his lifelong goal of putting the environment onto the nation’s and the world’s political agendas. The life of Nelson, a small-town boy who learned his values and progressive political principles at an early age, is woven through the political history of the twentieth century.

 

Beyond Earth Day : Fulfilling the Promise

Gaylord Nelson is known and respected throughout the world as a founding father of the modern environmental movement and creator of one of the most successful and influential public awareness campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of global stewardship: Earth Day. Now in his eighties, Nelson delivers a timely and urgent message with the same eloquence with which he has articulated the nation’s environmental ills through the decades. He details the planet’s most critical concerns—from species and habitat losses to global climate changes and population growth. In outlining his strategy for planetary health, he inspires citizens to reassert the environment as a top priority. A book for anyone who cares deeply about our environment and wants to know what we can and must do now to save it, Beyond Earth Day is a classic guide by one of the natural world’s great defenders.

1000 Days for the Planet

Biodiversity on our planet is in trouble. Plant and animal species are going extinct at a rate unprecedented in earth’s history. Some scientists believe that if nothing is done, between a third and half of all species on earth could disappear by the end of the century. The series 1000 Days for the Planet offers a troubling overview of the situation. Following the journey of the oceanographic schoonerSedna IVand its crew, the series captivates viewers with footage that is strikingly beautiful and spectacular, but also brutally hard to watch at times. Ultimately, however, the accounts of scientists engaged in a never-ending struggle to save our planet’s species make for a truly inspiring story for all citizens of the world.

Sustainability on campus : stories and strategies for change

These personal narratives of greening college campuses offer inspiration, motivation, and practical advice. Written by faculty, staff, administrators, and a student, from varying perspectives and reflecting divergent experiences, these stories also map the growing strength of a national movement toward environmental responsibility on campus. The authors of Sustainability on Campus report from a diverse group of institutions ranging from two-year community colleges to famous research universities. They tell of environmental stewardship on campus, curriculum changes, green building design, working with local communities, and system-wide initiatives.

 

Mother Earth

This short documentary is a celebration of life on planet Earth. Made from haunting visual images selected from 50 years of NFB productions, the film looks at human beings, their place on earth, and their deep interconnection with all other beings. Evocations of forces that threaten the planet and all its inhabitants also offer avenues for reflection. Musical score by Loreena McKennitt.

 

Changes to Student Email coming in March

March 1, 2017 • Written by

During the month of March, Red River College IT Solutions will be moving into the next phase of enhancements to the Student Email system, moving Student Mailboxes to Office 365 in the Cloud.

Students will access the Student Email service in the same manner that they have in the past, by using HUB, and will have the additional benefit of mobile access on their phones or tablets using Microsoft’s Apps.  Student Email using Office 365 will have a similar look and feel to the existing Student Email system, with slight changes in colours and enhanced features.  The email addresses for all students will continue to use the “username@academic.rrc.ca” format, allowing for a smooth transition into the new system and ensuring that communication from Faculty and Staff will continue to flow without issue.

Students will be notified by email of the upcoming change through an All Student email.  Additionally, students will receive an email from ITS on the day prior to their mailbox moving to make them aware of the imminent change.  No action is required by the students for this change to occur.

For further information and help please refer to:
http://blogs.rrc.ca/its/help-resources/

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